Monroe Middle School teacher Dawn Norris hears a difference in her language arts classes since she starting using Common Core standards two years ago. It’s how the 13-year teacher knows the new standards are working.
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The students in Nicole Carpenter’s Photography 1 class at Plant City High School may not have not heard much about the Common Core State Standards. But they do know they are spending more time learning how to think deeper and more critically, even in their art classes.
A group of retired military generals and admirals is putting its weight behind Florida’s new education standards, claiming they will better prepare students for the military, should they choose to serve.
Detroit, Michigan. Pritchard, Alabama. Stockton, California. Central Falls, Rhode Island. They all have something in common – bankruptcy. Each of these municipalities filed bankruptcy because of overwhelming fiscal obligations that were, most often, due to liabilities within their employee pension programs.
Florida’s economy continues to change, and a quality education is more important than ever. Our state’s economy depends on a talented workforce that can compete in a global economy, and a strong education system is Florida’s best long-term economic-development strategy.
Tomorrow, the opening day of the 2014 Legislative Session, lawmakers will take action to help improve Florida’s water resources. Considering that Florida’s population is expected to grow by six million more residents by 2030, and that those residents will likely consume an additional 9 billion gallons of water each day, lawmaker’s swift action is welcome news.
As a business leader in this community, I know the success of my company – and ultimately Florida’s economy – is tied to education. Children entering kindergarten will someday walk across a stage and accept a high school diploma. What they do from there depends on how well we prepare them during the years in between.
Score one for elevating education standards in Florida’s public schools. At the same time, the state’s education commissioner is precariously walking a tightrope on an ever-changing school grading system and a new standardized test.
On Tuesday, the state board of education voted to adopt recent changes and clarifications to the new program, but the revisions do not change the overall message or the goals: We must challenge our students to learn. This is about thinking and analyzing at more productive and effective levels. This is about equipping students with the knowledge and training they need to compete and succeed in a very competitive and global workforce.
The Florida Chamber Foundation, the research arm of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, identified a potential of 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs that can be created over the next five years, according to the foundation’s Florida Trade and Logistics Study released in October 2013.